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What is the best full frame portrait lens?

 
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Jan 10, 2013 05:14 |  #31

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Canon 85 1.2. Others will say other things--they are wrong.

So my portrait style shots are crap then, because I don't own an 85mm lens.


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Jan 10, 2013 09:29 |  #32

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So my portrait style shots are crap then, because I don't own an 85mm lens.

LOL!!!

The red ring bragging rights is very strong here :)

I suggested the 85 f/1.8 because its affordable and produces killer IQ.

The 85L can produce amazing photos and produce alot of "1 sharp eye" shallow dof portrait shots.

Some of my most favourite photos are created from my 16-35L.

Crap is produced by the person taking the photo ;) its not totally related to gear ;) I always blame myself before my gear :)

If you play with an 85 f/1.8 you'd be suprised how well it works!! Great thing is your wallet will like you even after you buy that lens.


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Jan 10, 2013 09:31 |  #33

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85L is okay. But I like my 70-200L II more.

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Doesn't matter what "portrait" lens you use here. If the subject matter is as good as this woman a kit lens would suffice :);)


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Jan 29, 2013 13:01 |  #34

actually everything starting from 50mm and up - better primes and with shallower depth of field.
When i had 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 & 200mm f/2.8 LII, the 200mm was the moust used lens by me. Then I sold all an bought The Keg (85mm f/1.2 L II). That`s an amazing peace of glass, damn sharp even @ 1.2 if you nail the AF. Time is going and i sold The Keg (the 2nd lens in my wish list) and bought my dream lens - 200mm f/1.8 and am using it now almost 95% of a time.
http://85mm.lv/portfol​io.php?profile=UP (external link) those with 85mm watermark ar shot with 85mm (some int the end with 85mm f/1.8)
Shots with 200mm f/1.8 in the Canon EF 200mm f/1.8L USM thread.


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Jan 29, 2013 15:07 |  #35

I love your portfolio Uljens! Do you light your subjects? And is there something you do with the backgrounds, they are so fresh and bright. Most shot at F1.2? I love the pp.


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Jan 30, 2013 02:09 |  #36

Bonbridge wrote in post #15548945 (external link)
I love your portfolio Uljens! Do you light your subjects? And is there something you do with the backgrounds, they are so fresh and bright. Most shot at F1.2? I love the pp.

thanks. I use only ambiant light, maybe some reflector. 85mm are all @ wide aperature - if you pay for 1.2 u also use it @ 1.2.


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Jan 30, 2013 02:51 |  #37

Did anyone say 85L yet?

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Jan 30, 2013 03:19 |  #38

Another vote for 85L!


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Jan 30, 2013 05:06 |  #39

I love shooting portrait shots between 70-95mm.

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Jan 30, 2013 08:52 |  #40

mrmarie wrote in post #15461203 (external link)
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I'll buy the new Canon 6D body and was interested in getting a portrait lens so I was wondering what is the BEST canon for portrait also for wedding shoots?


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70-200 f2.8 is the best flexible portrait lens. else a 85 or 132L will do


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Jan 30, 2013 09:50 |  #41

looking at portraits by uljens, the 200 1.8 is the king.... if you can afford it, and if you can deal with the FL. The 70-200 the most flexible (and damn good too).


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Jan 30, 2013 09:58 |  #42

It would help if we knew what types of portraits you are looking to take.
Humans, or animals?
If animals, what species? In captivity or in the wild?
Are you looking to take indoor portraits, or outdoor portraits?
Are you primarily looking to take full body portraits, or head shots?

I think that it is hard to say what the "best portrait lens" is unless we know what types of portraits you are thinking of taking.

I shoot a ton of portraits, and for me the best portrait lens has been the 400mm f2.8
Virtually all of my portraiture is of wild animals, so the long focal length really helps when I am looking to fill the frame with my subject. The wide aperture helps to isolate the subject to create portraits that are relatively distraction-free.

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Canon 85 1.2. Others will say other things--they are wrong.

Irish Man, when I say that a 400 f2.8 is the best portrait lens for what I shoot, when used on a full frame, I am not wrong.
Your statement reflects a very narrow-minded view of portraiture.


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Jan 30, 2013 16:30 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #43

1. 70-200 2.8L II
2. 135L
3. 24-70 2.8L
4. 85 1.8

that's about it, don't need slow heavy 1 eye sharpness 85L, sold it, stopped down I can as well use 85 1.8 or 135L...


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Jan 30, 2013 19:17 |  #44

Once people realize that 85L is only for full height portraits - (so there is enough of DoF) - they will rediscover how great it is. For head shots etc. simply use your zoom lens - more convenient an cheaper.


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Jan 30, 2013 19:26 as a reply to  @ pulsar123's post |  #45

Used them all. My best list is the following:

1) 300L 2.8 IS
2) 200L 2.0 IS
3) tie between 135L and 85L 1.2 II
5) 70-200 2.8 IS II


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